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“Spend a relaxing summer day here”

Pihlajasaari Recreational Park
Ranked #49 of 283 things to do in Helsinki
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Helsinki, Finland
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Spend a relaxing summer day here”
Reviewed August 2, 2014

Beautiful nature, possibility to swim and sunbath, nice restaurant, picnic areas and grill amenities. One of my favourite summer spots in Helsinki!

Visited August 2014
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Helsinki, Finland
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471 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Paradise”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

Helsinki is located by sea and has some public islands for common use easy access. Take a boat to Pihlajasaari, pack a picknic basket or eat in the local restaurang. It is about 20 mins boat ride which is fun in it self. Swimming wear is a must, and fun you will have. Sea nature and wilderness so close to the centre.

Visited July 2014
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Vantaa, Finland
Level 6 Contributor
444 reviews
209 attraction reviews
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“Good place to sunbath”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

I love the place - located just outside helsinki you have to take ferry or come by your own boat. Many nice beaches, nice rocks and decent restaurant where you can have food or just coffee / drinks.

Visited June 2014
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Helsinki, Finland
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“For some easy livin´”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

A great place to spend a summer day, Pihlajasaari (Rowan Island) actually consists of two islands connected to each other with a sort of bridge. You take a water bus from Merisatama - a two-way ticket for adults is 6€ (summer 2014) - on a warm & sunny day you´ll probably want to have a seat on the sun deck - and enjoy the 10-15 minute ride. They even have a fully licensed bar on board these days (this would have been unheard-of 10 years ago...).

First thing after arriving is basically to choose between the sand beaches immediately next to the harbour (facing western Helsinki) or take a hike to the parts of the islands facing the open sea. You can also decide to have a cold drink in the summer restaurant Villa Hällebo - a lovely place to visit, and the food is nice, mostly basic Finnish "cuisine". I´m afraid my review is strongly biased for a number of reasons, not least because me and my wife had our wedding party in the aforementioned restaurant in 1997...

All in all, Pihlajasaari is great for families with small children, for those that wish to swim in the waves of Helsinki - Tallinn ferries, for anyone not too busy to rest by the sea, or have a nice picnic with friends... With the exception of those tied to a wheelchair or having other serious difficulties in moving around, I´d recommend this location for anybody. Note: no bicycles or dogs are allowed on board the water-bus!

Visited August 2013
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Helsinki, Finland
Level 4 Contributor
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Sunny Day List !”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

I LOVE this place ! Can you imagine an almost unspoilt island a mere water-bus ride from the capital city with sandy beaches, forest, warm rocks ( if you go on a sunny day ! ) clear water, great coffee and doughnuts AND views over Helsinki that make people drool ? Take your binoculars & your camera ... I have photographed a Bewick swan here !

Visited June 2013
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